The European Commission has imposed almost three billion euros in fines on 5 truck manufacturers in the largest cartel uncovered so far, the truck cartel, AT.39284.
It is important to note that Daimler, MAN, Renault/Volvo, Iveco and DAF are jointly and severally liable, i.e. each cartel participant can be held fully liable for each purchase (i.e. also from a competitor).
These cartelists have fully admitted their actions and admitted all the charges.
In 2010, after being uncovered by their internal compliance department, MAN decided to submit a confession to the Commission so that it would be exempted from fines.
However, MAN continues to be liable for damages to the injured parties (companies that bought or leased trucks in the relevant time period).
Due to the Commission’s findings (which are binding for the national courts), there is an excellent starting position for requesting compensation.
In addition, in the meantime very high amount of interest have accumulated, because originally purchases and leasing from 1997 to 2016 were eligible.
The only cartel offender still contesting the conviction (Scania) is still fighting its case, however they couldn’t avoid paying fines amounting to € 880 million.